Senior Executive Director of Student Services
Rev. Linda Owens joined Northern’s cabinet in the key decision-making role of senior executive director of student services in July 2017.
Rev. Owens graduated from Northern in 1994 and has more than 20 years of experience in higher education student affairs, most recently as associate dean for student development at Benedictine University in Lisle. At Benedictine, she coordinated the student complaint process and early warning alert system for students facing academic, financial and social challenges; supervised the university’s Counseling Center and Student Health Services department; and developed programs to increase retention. She is also a certified Title IX deputy.
Rev. Owens will oversee the new Student Success Center at Northern Seminary. The center will combine offices including the registrar, federal student aid, scholarships, enrollment, and supervised ministry into a dynamic team designed to assist students from enrollment to placement. This team will also oversee access to scholarships and financial aid for all students, implementing the recommendations of Northern’s Race and Gender Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.